Public Information Statement
Issued by NWS Denver/Boulder, CO
NOUS45 KBOU 280959
Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
259 AM MST SAT JAN 28 2017
...Today in metro Denver weather history...
26-1 In 1888...a protracted warm spell lasted a week. Maximum
temperatures ranged from 62 degrees on the 29th to an
all time record high for the month of 76 degrees on the
27th. Daily record high temperatures of 76...69...and 71
occurred on the 27th...28th...and 30th respectively.
Record high minimum temperatures of 47 and 34 occurred
on the 26th and 27th.
27-28 In 1899...snowfall totaled 6.2 inches in the city. Northeast
winds were sustained to 36 mph with gusts to 40 mph on the
In 1965...high winds raked the Front Range foothills. West
winds gusted to 89 mph on Table Mountain in Boulder...87 mph
at Rocky Flats...and 54 mph at Stapleton International
Airport. Damage and minor injuries occurred in Boulder and
western metro Denver. Four men were injured by wind-
caused accidents while working on construction...2 in Denver
and 2 in Boulder. There was extensive damage to power lines...
buildings...signs...and trees. Some minor accidents were
caused by blowing dust and debris. Blown dust accumulated
2 to 3 feet deep on some lawns in northern metro Denver
suburbs. Dust blew into buildings and homes.
In 1989...the heaviest snowstorm of the winter dumped 9 to 15
inches of snow across metro Denver. Snowfall totaled 8.8
inches at Stapleton International Airport with most of the
snow...8.6 inches...falling on the 28th. Strong north winds
gusting to 46 mph whipped the snow into 2-foot drifts and
reduced visibility in blowing snow. The foothills received
up to 18 inches of snow. The snow fell on a weekend...so
closures and other disruptions were minimal. The public
reported thunder in Arvada...Wheat Ridge...and Boulder on the
evening of the 27th. A thunderstorm produced snow pellets
at Stapleton International Airport during the early morning
hours of the 28th. This was the first thunderstorm in the
city during January since 1932.
In 1996...winds to hurricane force were reported across the
Front Range foothills in the wake of a Pacific storm system.
Recorded wind speeds included: 86 mph at the National Center
for Atmospheric Research southwest of Boulder...86 mph atop
Squaw Mountain west of Denver...and 75 mph at Jefferson
County Airport in Broomfield. West-northwest winds gusted
to 48 mph at Denver International Airport on the 28th.
In 2009...high winds buffeted the foothills of Boulder and
Jefferson Counties. Peak wind gusts included: 101 mph at
Eldora Ski Resort...100 mph...6 miles northwest of Boulder;
84 mph at NCAR Mesa Lab...79 mph...5 miles northwest of
Boulder; and 75 mph at the National Wind Technology Center.
In Nederland...a wind turbine recently installed was damaged
by the high winds. A peak wind gust of 38 mph occurred at
Denver International Airport on the 28th.
27-31 In 1951...a major storm dumped 10.1 inches of snowfall at
Stapleton Airport. Most of the snow...8.3 inches...fell on
the 29th. Cold Arctic air accompanied the snow. Several
temperature records were set...including record low maximum
temperatures of 4 on the 28th and 4 below zero on the 29th
and record low temperatures of 12 below zero on the 29th
and 24 below zero on the 31st. Temperatures were below
zero for 45 consecutive hours.
28 In 1872...the low temperature dipped to 22 degrees below zero...
a record minimum for the date.
In 1909...gale force north winds were sustained to 45 mph
behind an apparent cold front...which also produced a trace
In 1986...a wind gust to 67 mph was recorded in Boulder.
West winds gusted to 41 mph at Stapleton International
28-29 In 1956...snowfall totaled 5.5 inches at Stapleton Airport
where east winds gusted to 32 mph on the 28th.
In 1972...cold west winds buffeted Boulder. A wind gust to 92
mph was recorded at the National Bureau of Standards...while
a gust to 76 mph was measured in downtown Boulder. Two
mobile homes were overturned in Boulder. Other damage was
minor. Northwest winds gusted to 40 mph at Stapleton
International Airport on the 28th.
In 1987...strong winds buffeted the Front Range foothills and
spread east over the plains. The highest wind recorded was
99 mph on the 29th at both the National Center for
Atmospheric Research in Boulder and the Rocky Flats plant
south of Boulder. Wind gusts in excess of 80 mph were
common. A northwest wind gust to 54 mph was recorded at
Stapleton International Airport on the 28th with a gust to
41 mph on the 29th. Planes were damaged at both the Boulder
and Jefferson County Airports. Hangars were also damaged at
Jefferson County Airport. Many windows were broken...signs
toppled...and trees downed. A brick wall was blown onto
parked cars in Lakewood. A couple of houses in Lakewood
were unroofed...while falling trees damaged others. Two
people were injured by flying debris in Lakewood and Golden.
Total insured damage along the Front Range was 10 million
dollars making the wind storm the second most costly on
record in Colorado at the time.
In 1995...deepening upslope winds along the eastern foothills
on the 28th gave way to periods of heavy snow during the
night and early morning hours of the 29th. Snow fell to a
depth of 8 inches in both Golden and Boulder with up to a
foot in the foothills. Only 1.9 inches of snow fell at
Stapleton International Airport...where east winds gusted
to 22 mph on the 28th.
In 2001...heavy snow fell across metro Denver. The heaviest
snowfall occurred from just south of Denver to around
Castle Rock. Snow amounts included: 12 inches east of
Parker...9 inches near Elizabeth and in Littleton...8 inches
near Castle Rock and in Parker...and 7 inches in Aurora.
Snowfall totaled 6.0 inches at the site of the former
Stapleton International Airport.
28-30 In 1887...winds were strong and gusty for three days in the
city. West and northwest winds were sustained to 56 mph
on both the 28th and 29th and to 44 mph on the 30th.
Temperatures warmed to a high of 57 degrees on the 29th.